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Network Working Group                                    F. Templin, Ed.
Internet-Draft                              Boeing Research & Technology
Intended status: Standards Track                           June 23, 2011
Expires: December 25, 2011


             Asymmetric Extended Route Optimization (AERO)
                       draft-templin-aero-01.txt

Abstract

   Nodes (i.e., gateways, routers and hosts) attached to link types such
   as multicast-capable, shared media and non-broadcast multiple access
   (NBMA), etc. can exchange packets as neighbors on the link.  Each
   node should therefore be able to discover a neighboring gateway that
   can provide default routing services to reach off-link destinations,
   and should also accept redirection messages from the gateway
   informing it of a neighbor that is closer to the final destination.
   This redirect function can provide a useful route optimization, since
   the triangular path from the ingress link neighbor, to the gateway,
   and finally to the egress link neighbor may be considerably longer
   than the direct path between the neighbors.  However, ordinary
   redirection may lead to operational issues on certain link types
   and/or in certain deployment scenarios.  This document therefore
   introduces an Asymmetric Extended Route Optimization (AERO)
   capability that addresses the issues.

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Table of Contents

   1.  Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  3
   2.  Terminology  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  4
   3.  Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  4
   4.  Asymmetric Extended Route Optimization (AERO)  . . . . . . . .  5
     4.1.  AERO Link Dynamic Routing  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  5
     4.2.  AERO Node Behavior . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  6
       4.2.1.  AERO Node Types  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  6
       4.2.2.  Source Address Verification  . . . . . . . . . . . . .  6
       4.2.3.  AERO Host Behavior . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  7
       4.2.4.  AERO Router Behavior . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  7
       4.2.5.  AERO Gateway Behavior  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  7
     4.3.  AERO Reference Operational Scenario  . . . . . . . . . . .  8
     4.4.  AERO Specification . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  9
       4.4.1.  Sending Predirects . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
       4.4.2.  Processing Predirects and Sending Redirects  . . . . . 13
       4.4.3.  Proxying Redirects . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
       4.4.4.  Processing Redirects . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
       4.4.5.  Sending Periodic Predirect Keepalives  . . . . . . . . 15
       4.4.6.  Reachability Considerations  . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
     4.5.  Mobility Considerations  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
     4.6.  Scaling Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
     4.7.  Proxy Chaining . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
     4.8.  Backward Compatibility . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
   5.  IANA Considerations  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
   6.  Security Considerations  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
   7.  Acknowledgements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
   8.  References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
     8.1.  Normative References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
     8.2.  Informative References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
   Author's Address . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20








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1.  Introduction

   Nodes (i.e., routers and hosts) attached to link types such as
   multicast-capable, shared media, non-broadcast multiple access
   (NBMA), etc. can exchange packets with each other as neighbors on the
   link.  Each node should therefore be able to discover a neighboring
   gateway that can provide default routing services to reach off-link
   destinations, and should also accept redirection messages from the
   gateway informing it of a different link neighbor that is closer to
   the final destination.  This redirect function can provide a useful
   route optimization, since the triangular path from the ingress link
   neighbor, to the gateway, and finally to the egress link neighbor may
   be considerably longer than the direct path between the neighbors.
   However, ordinary redirection may lead to operational issues on
   certain link types and/or in certain deployment scenarios.

   For example, when an ingress link neighbor accepts an ordinary
   redirect message from a gateway, it has no way of knowing whether the
   egress link neighbor is ready and willing to accept packets directly
   without involving the gateway.  In particular, without involvement
   from the gateway, the egress would have no way of knowing that the
   ingress is authorized to forward packets from a given source address.
   (This is especially important for very large links, since any node on
   the link can spoof the network-layer source address with low
   probability of detection even if the link-layer source address cannot
   be spoofed.)  Additionally, the ingress would have no way of knowing
   whether the direct path to the egress has failed, nor whether the
   final destination has moved away from the egress to some other
   network attachment point.

   Therefore, a new redirection mechanism is required that can enable a
   reliable one-way handshake from the egress to the ingress link node
   under the mediation of trusted gateways.  The mechanism is asymmetric
   (since only the forward direction from the ingress to the egress is
   optimized) and extended (since the redirection extends forward to the
   egress before reaching back to the ingress).  This document therefore
   introduces an Asymmetric Extended Route Optimization (AERO)
   capability that addresses the issues.

   While the AERO mechanisms were initially designed for the specific
   purpose of NBMA tunnel interfaces (e.g., see:
   [RFC2529][RFC5214][RFC5569][I-D.templin-intarea-vet]) they can also
   be applied to any link types that support multiple access and
   redirection [RFC0792][RFC4861].  The rest of this document refers to
   this class of links collectively as "AERO links".

   The AERO techniques apply to both the IPv4 [RFC0791] and IPv6
   [RFC2460] protocols, as well as any other network layer protocol that



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   includes multiple access link models that can support redirection.


2.  Terminology

   The terminology in the normative references apply; the following
   terms are defined within the scope of this document:

   AERO link
      any multiple access link over which the AERO mechanisms can be
      applied.

   AERO node
      a gateway, router or host connected to an AERO link.

   AERO gateway
      a router that configures an advertising router interface on the
      AERO link, and that can provide default routing services for
      forwarding packets toward their final destinations.

   AERO router
      a router that configures a non-advertising router interface on the
      AERO link, and that connects End User Networks to the AERO link.

   AERO host
      a simple host on the AERO link.

   ingress AERO node ("ingress")
      a node that injects packets into the AERO link.

   egress AERO node ("egress")
      a node that removes packets from the AERO link.

   The key words "MUST", "MUST NOT", "REQUIRED", "SHALL", "SHALL NOT",
   "SHOULD", "SHOULD NOT", "RECOMMENDED", "MAY", and "OPTIONAL" in this
   document are to be interpreted as described in [RFC2119].  When used
   in lower case (e.g., must, must not, etc.), these words MUST NOT be
   interpreted as described in [RFC2119], but are rather interpreted as
   they would be in common English.


3.  Requirements

   The route optimization mechanism must satisfy the following
   requirements:






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   Req 1: Off-load traffic from performance-critical gateways
      The mechanism must offload sustained transit though a gateway that
      would become a traffic concentrator.

   Req 2: Support route optimization
      Ingress nodes must be able to send packets directly to egress
      nodes without involving a gateway as an intermediary hop.

   Req 3: Support multiple levels of hierarchy
      For scaling purposes, allow multiple levels of hierarchy in which
      gateways in higher levels have progressively more topology
      knowledge than those in lower levels.

   Req 4: Do not circumvent ingress filtering
      The mechanism must not open an attack vector where network-layer
      source address spoofing is enabled even when link-layer source
      address spoofing is disabled.

   Req 5: Do not expose packets to loss due to filtering
      The ingress node must have a way of knowing that the egress node
      will accept its forwarded packets.

   Req 6: Do not expose packets to loss due to path failure
      The ingress node must have a way of discovering whether the egress
      has gone unreachable on the route optimized path.

   Req 7: Do not introduce routing loops
      The gateway must not perform a route optimization that would cause
      a routing loop to form.

   Req 8: Support mobility
      The mechanism must continue to work even if the final destination
      node/network moves from a first egress node and re-associates with
      a second egress node.


4.  Asymmetric Extended Route Optimization (AERO)

   The following sections specify an Asymmetric Extended Route
   Optimization (AERO) capability that fulfills the requirements
   specified in Section 3.

4.1.  AERO Link Dynamic Routing

   In many AERO link use case scenarios (e.g., small enterprise
   networks, small and stable MANETs, etc.), AERO gateways and routers
   can engage in a proactive dynamic routing protocol (e.g., OSPF, RIP,
   IS-IS, etc.) so that routing/forwarding tables can be populated and



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   standard forwarding between routers can be used.  In other scenarios
   (e.g., large enterprise/ISP networks, cellular service provider
   networks, dynamic MANETs, etc.), this might be impractical due to
   scaling issues.

   When a proactive dynamic routing protocol cannot be used, the on-
   demand dynamic routing capabilities specified in this section should
   be used.

4.2.  AERO Node Behavior

   The following sections discuss characteristics of nodes attached to
   links over which AERO can be used:

4.2.1.  AERO Node Types

   AERO gateways configure their AERO link interfaces as advertising
   router interfaces (see: [RFC4861], Section 6.2.2), and therefore may
   send Router Advertisement (RA) messages that include non-zero Router
   Lifetimes.

   AERO routers configure their AERO link interfaces as non-advertising
   router interfaces.

   AERO hosts configure their AERO link interfaces as simple host
   interfaces.

4.2.2.  Source Address Verification

   AERO nodes must employ a source address verification check for the
   packets they receive on an AERO interface in a manner that is
   consistent with the Source Address Validation Improvement (SAVI)
   Framework [I-D.ietf-savi-framework].  In order to perform source
   address verification, the node considers the network-layer source
   address correct for the link-layer source address if:

   o  the link-layer source address is the address of an AERO gateway,
      or

   o  the link-layer source address is explicitly linked to the network-
      layer source address (i.e., through stateless or stateful address
      mapping), or

   o  a forwarding table entry exists that lists the packet's link-layer
      source address as the link layer address corresponding to the next
      hop toward the network-layer source address on the AERO link.

   The latter of these checks can be established through static



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   configuration, a proactive dynamic routing protocol, or through the
   AERO mechanisms specified in Section 4.4.

4.2.3.  AERO Host Behavior

   AERO hosts send Router Solicitation (RS) messages to obtain RA
   messages from an AERO gateway.  Whether or not non-link-local
   prefixes for stateless address autoconfiguration are advertised, the
   host can acquire addresses taken from prefixes aggregated by the
   gateway through the use of stateful mechanisms, e.g., DHCP
   [RFC2131][RFC3315], manual configuration, etc.

   After the host receives addresses, it assigns them to its AERO
   interface and forwards any of its outbound packets via the gateway as
   a default router.  The host may subsequently receive redirection
   messages from the gateway listing a better next hop.

4.2.4.  AERO Router Behavior

   AERO routers send RS messages to obtain RA messages from an AERO
   gateway, i.e., they act as "hosts" on their non-advertising AERO link
   router interfaces.

   The router can then acquire prefixes aggregated by the gateway
   through the use of, e.g., DHCPv6 Prefix Delegation [RFC3633], manual
   configuration, etc. in the same fashion as described above for host-
   based autoconfiguration.

   After the router acquires prefixes, it can sub-delegate them to nodes
   and links within its attached End User Networks (EUNs), then can
   forward any outbound packets coming from its EUNs via the gateway.
   The router may subsequently receive redirection messages from the
   gateway listing a better next hop.

4.2.5.  AERO Gateway Behavior

   AERO gateways respond to RS messages from hosts and routers on the
   AERO link by returning an RA message.  Gateways further configure a
   DHCP relay or server function on their AERO links and/or provide an
   administrative interface for manual configuration of address/
   prefix-to-client forwarding table entries.

   When the gateway completes a DHCP address or prefix delegation
   transaction (i.e., either as a DHCP relay or a DHCP server), it
   establishes forwarding table entries that list the link-layer address
   of the DHCP client as the link-layer address of the next hop toward
   the delegated addresses/prefixes.




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   When the gateway forwards a packet out the same AERO interface it
   arrived on, it initiates an AERO route optimization procedure as
   specified in Section 4.4.

4.3.  AERO Reference Operational Scenario

   Figure 1 depicts a reference AERO network topology.  IPv6 is used
   only as an example network layer protocol, and the same fundamental
   AERO techniques can be applied for other network layer protocols.
   The figure shows an AERO gateway ('A'), two non-advertising AERO
   routers ('B', 'D'), an AERO host ('F'), and three ordinary IPv6 hosts
   ('C', 'E', 'G') in a typical operational scenario:
        .-(::::::::)      2001:db8:3::1
     .-(::: IPv6 :::)-.  +-------------+
    (:::: Internet ::::) | IPv6 Host G |
     `-(::::::::::::)-'  +-------------+
        `-(::::::)-'
    ,.................,
    |companion gateway|
    '.................'      +---------------+
     +--------------+        |    Host F     |
     |  Gateway A   |        +---------------+
     +--------------+          2001:db8:2:1
           L3(A)                   L3(F)
           L2(A)                   L2(F)
             |       AERO Link       |
       X-----+--+-----------------+--+---X
                |                 |
               L2(B)            L2(D)                   .-.
               L3(B)            L3(D)                ,-(  _)-.
     +--------------+         +--------------+    .-(_ IPv6  )-.
     |   Router B   |         |   Router D   |--(__    EUN      )
     +--------------+         +--------------+     `-(______)-'
     2001:db8:0::/48           2001:db8:1::/48           |
             |                                     2001:db8:1::1
            .-.                                   +-------------+
         ,-(  _)-.      2001:db8:0::1             | IPv6 Host E |
      .-(_ IPv6  )-.   +-------------+            +-------------+
    (__    EUN      )--| IPv6 Host C |
       `-(______)-'    +-------------+

                 Figure 1: Reference AERO Network Topology

   In Figure 1, Gateway 'A' connects to the AERO link and also connects
   to the IPv6 Internet, either directly or via a companion gateway.
   'A' configures an AERO link interface with a link-local network-layer
   address L3(A) and with link-layer address L2(A).  'A' next arranges
   to add the link-layer address L2(A) to the list of valid gateways for



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   the link.

   Router 'B' connects to one or more IPv6 End User Networks (EUNs) and
   also connects to the AERO link via an interface with a link-local
   network-layer address L3(B) and with link-layer address L2(B).  'B'
   next configures a default IPv6 route with next-hop address L3(A) via
   the AERO interface, then receives the IPv6 prefix 2001:db8:0::/48
   through a DHCPv6 prefix delegation exchange via 'A'.  'B' finally
   sub-delegates the prefix to its attached EUNs, where IPv6 host 'C'
   autoconfigures the address 2001:db8:0::1.

   Router 'D' connects to the AERO link via an interface with addresses
   L3(D)/L2(D), configures a default IPv6 route with next-hop address
   L3(A) via the AERO interface, and receives a DHCPv6 prefix delegation
   of 2001:db8:1::/48 in the same fashion as for router 'B'.  'D'
   finally sub-delegates the prefix to its attached EUNs, where IPv6
   host 'E' autoconfigures IPv6 address 2001:db8:1::1.

   Host 'F' connects to the AERO link via an interface with addresses
   L3(F)/L2(F).  'F' next configures a default IPv6 route with next-hop
   address L3(A) via the AERO interface, then receives the IPv6 address
   2001:db8:2::1 from a DHCPv6 address configuration exchange via 'A'.
   When 'F' receives the IPv6 address, it assigns the address to the
   AERO interface but does not assign a non-link-local IPv6 prefix to
   the interface.

   Finally, IPv6 host 'G' connects to an IPv6 network outside of the
   AERO link domain.  'G' configures its IPv6 interface in a manner
   specific to its attached IPv6 link, and autoconfigures the IPv6
   address 2001:db8:3::1.

   In these arrangements, 'A' must maintain routes that associate the
   delegated IPv6 addresses/prefixes with the correct routers and/or
   hosts on the AERO link.  The routers and hosts must maintain at least
   a default route that points to gateway 'A', and can discover more-
   specific routes either via a proactive dynamic routing protocol or
   via the AERO mechanisms specified in Section 4.4.

4.4.  AERO Specification

   Figure 1 depicts a reference operational scenario including an AERO
   link.  The figure shows an AERO gateway ('A'), two AERO routers ('B',
   'D'), an AERO host ('F') and three ordinary IPv6 hosts ('C', 'E',
   'G') in a typical deployment configuration.  We now discuss the
   operation of AERO with respect to this reference scenario.

   With reference to Figure 1, when host 'C' sends a packet with source
   address 'C' and destination address 'E', the packet is first



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   forwarded over 'C's attached EUN to router 'B'.  'B' then forwards
   the packet over the AERO interface to gateway 'A', which then
   forwards the packet to router 'D', where the packet is finally
   forwarded to host 'E' over 'E's attached EUN.  When 'A' forwards the
   packet back out on its advertising AERO interface, it must arrange to
   redirect 'B' toward 'D' as a better next hop node on the AERO link
   that is closer to the final destination 'E'.  However, this
   redirection process should only take place if there is assurance that
   both 'B' and 'D' are willing participants.

   Consider a first alternative in which 'A' informs 'B' only and does
   not inform 'D' (i.e., "classic redirection").  In that case, 'D' has
   no way of knowing that 'B' is authorized to forward packets from a
   given source address.  Also, 'B' has no way of knowing whether 'D' is
   willing to accept its packets, nor whether 'D' is even reachable via
   a direct path that does not involve 'A'.  Finally, 'B' has no way of
   knowing whether the final destination has moved away from 'D'.

   Consider also a second alternative in which 'A' informs both 'B' and
   'D' separately via independent redirection messages (i.e., "augmented
   redirection").  In that case, several conditions can occur that could
   result in communications failures.  First, if 'B' receives the
   redirection message but 'D' does not, subsequent packets sent by 'B'
   would be dropped due to filtering since 'D' would not have a
   forwarding table entry to verify their source addresses.  Second, if
   'D' receives the redirection message but 'B' does not, subsequent
   packets sent in the reverse direction by 'D' would be lost.  Finally,
   timing issues surrounding the establishment and garbage collection of
   forwarding table entries at 'B' and 'D' could yield unpredictable
   behavior.  For example, unless the timing were carefully coordinated
   through some form of synchronization loop, there would invariably be
   instances in which one node has the correct forwarding table state
   and the other node does not resulting in non-deterministic packet
   loss.

   Since neither of these alternatives can satisfy the requirements
   listed in Section 3, a new redirection technique is needed.  In
   particular, when 'A' forwards a packet from 'B' out the same AERO
   interface toward 'D', 'A' must first send a "Predirect" message
   forward to 'D' to inform it that 'B' is authorized to produce packets
   using source address 'C'.  After 'D' receives the Predirect, it sends
   a "Redirect" message back to 'B' via 'A' as a trusted intermediary.
   When 'B' receives the Redirect, it knows that 'D' will accept the
   packets it sends with source address 'C' as long as 'D' retains the
   forwarding table entry.  This process is known as Asymmetric Extended
   Route Optimization (AERO), which stands in contrast to the classical
   and augmented redirection approaches.  The following subsections
   therefore specify the AERO redirection steps necessary to support the



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   reference operational scenario.

4.4.1.  Sending Predirects

   When a gateway forwards a packet out the same AERO interface that it
   arrived on, the gateway sends a "Predirect" message forward to the
   egress AERO node instead of sending a Redirect message back to the
   ingress node.  The Predirect message is simply an AERO-specific
   version of an ordinary Redirect message.  In the case of IPv6 as the
   network layer protocol, the Predirect format is the same as depicted
   in Section 4.5 of [RFC4861], and is identified by two new backward-
   compatible bits taken from the Reserved field as shown in Figure 2:


    0                   1                   2                   3
    0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1
   +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
   |  Type (=137)  |   Code (=0)   |          Checksum             |
   +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
   |A|P|                       Reserved                            |
   +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
   |                                                               |
   +                                                               +
   |                                                               |
   +                       Target Address                          +
   |                                                               |
   +                                                               +
   |                                                               |
   +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
   |                                                               |
   +                                                               +
   |                                                               |
   +                     Destination Address                       +
   |                                                               |
   +                                                               +
   |                                                               |
   +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
   |   Options ...
   +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-

           Figure 2: AERO-Specific IPv6 Redirect Message Format

   Where the new bits are defined as:








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   A (1)  the "AERO" bit.  Set to 1 to indicate an AERO-specific
      Redirect message, and set to 0 to indicate an ordinary IPv6
      Redirect message.

   P (1)  the "Predirect" bit.  Set to 1 to indicate a Predirect
      message, and set to 0 to indicate a Redirect response to a
      Predirect message.  (This bit is valid only when the A bit is set
      to 1.)

   In the reference operational scenario, when gateway 'A' forwards a
   packet sent by 'B' toward 'D', it also sends a Predirect message
   forward toward 'D', subject to rate limiting (see Section 8.2 of
   [RFC4861]).  'A' prepares the Predirect message in a similar fashion
   as for an ordinary IPv6 Redirect message as follows:

   o  the link-layer source address is set to 'L2(A)'

   o  the link-layer destination address is set to 'L2(D)'

   o  the network-layer source address is set to 'L3(B)'.

   o  the network-layer destination address is set to 'L3(D)'.

   o  the Predirect Target and Destination Addresses are both set to
      'L3(B)'.

   o  on links that require stateful address mapping, the Predirect
      message includes a Target Link Layer Address Option (TLLAO) set to
      'L2(B)'.

   o  the Predirect message includes Route Information Options (RIOs)
      [RFC4191] that encode prefixes taken from 'B's address/prefix
      delegations, including one that covers the source address of the
      originating packet.

   o  the Predirect message includes a Redirected Header Option (RHO)
      that contains the first 128 bytes of the originating packet
      beginning with the network-layer header (or up to the remainder of
      the packet if there are fewer than 128 bytes).

   o  the A and P bits in the Predirect message header are both set to
      1.

   'A' then sends the Predirect message forward to 'D'.







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4.4.2.  Processing Predirects and Sending Redirects

   When an AERO router or host receives a Predirect message, it
   validates the message according to the appropriate redirect message
   validation rules (e.g., Section 8.1 of [RFC4861] for IPv6).  The node
   further accepts the message only if it came from the link-layer
   address of either a trusted gateway or the current previous hop on
   the AERO link for the source address of the originating packet
   encapsulated in the RHO.  Finally, the node only processes the
   message if the destination address of the originating packet
   encapsulated in the RHO is covered by one of its CURRENT delegated
   addresses/prefixes (see Section 4.5).

   In the reference operational scenario, when router 'D' receives the
   Predirect message from the gateway it creates forwarding table
   entries with the prefixes encoded in RIO options as the target
   prefixes, and associates the forwarding table entries with a node
   structure (e.g., in a neighbor cache) that stores the source address
   of the Predirect message (i.e., 'L3(B)').  'D' places the node
   structure in the FILTERING state, then sets/resets a filtering
   expiration timer value of 40 seconds.  If the filtering timer later
   expires, 'D' clears the FILTERING state.  If the node structure is
   not in the FORWARDING state, 'D' then deletes the node structure and
   all of its associated forwarding table entries.  (This suggests that
   'D's AERO interface should maintain a private forwarding table
   separate from the primary forwarding table, since the node structure
   and forwarding table entries must be managed by the AERO interface
   itself.)

   After processing the Predirect message and establishing the
   forwarding table entry, 'D' prepares a Redirect message in response
   to the Predirect as follows:

   o  the link-layer source address is set to 'L2(D)'

   o  the link-layer destination address is set to 'L2(A)'

   o  the network-layer source address is set to 'L3(D)'.

   o  the network-layer destination address is set to 'L3(B)'.

   o  the Redirect Target and the Redirect Destination Addresses are
      both set to 'L3(D)'.

   o  on links that require stateful address mapping, the Redirect
      message includes a TLLAO set to 'L2(D)'.





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   o  the Redirect message includes an RHO copied from the corresponding
      Predirect message.

   o  the (A, P) bits in the Redirect message header are set to (1, 0).

   After 'D' prepares the Redirect message, it sends the message to 'A'.
   (Note that the Redirect message does not include RIOs, since the
   gateway is the only authoritative source of routing information and
   will supply RIOs when it proxies the message.)

4.4.3.  Proxying Redirects

   When an AERO gateway receives a Redirect message, it accepts the
   message only if it satisfies the redirect message validation rules.
   The gateway further accepts the message only if it came from the
   link-layer address of the current next hop toward the destination
   address of the originating packet encapsulated in the RHO.  The
   gateway then "proxies" the Redirect message back to the original
   ingress AERO node as described below.

   In the reference operational scenario, 'A' receives the Redirect
   message from 'D' then proxies the message back toward 'B'.  In
   particular, 'A' adds RIOs to the message that encode 'D's address/
   prefix delegations.  Without decrementing the hopcount in the
   Redirect message, 'A' next changes the link-layer source address of
   the message to 'L2(A)' and changes the link-layer destination address
   to 'L2(B)'.  'A' then sends this proxied Redirect message to 'B'.

4.4.4.  Processing Redirects

   When an AERO router or host receives a Redirect message, it validates
   the message according to the appropriate redirect message validation
   rules.  The node further accepts the message only if it came from the
   link-layer address of either a trusted gateway or the current next
   hop on the AERO link for the destination address of the originating
   packet encapsulated in the RHO.

   In the reference operational scenario, 'B' receives the (proxied)
   Redirect message then creates forwarding table entries with the
   prefixes encoded in RIO options as the target prefixes.  'B' further
   associates the forwarding table entries with a node structure (e.g.,
   in a neighbor cache) that stores the source address of the Predirect
   message (i.e., 'L3(D)').  'B' places the node structure in the
   FORWARDING state, then sets/resets a filtering expiration timer value
   of 30 seconds.  If the filtering timer later expires, 'B' clears the
   FORWARDING state.  If the node structure is not in the FILTERING
   state, 'B' then deletes the node structure and all of its associated
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   Now, 'B' has a node structure for 'D' in the FORWARDING state, and
   'D' has a node structure for 'B' in the FILTERING state.  Therefore,
   'B' may forward ordinary network-layer data packets with destination
   addresses covered by 'D's prefixes directly to 'D' without involving
   'A'.  'D' will in turn accept the packets since it has a forwarding
   table entry authorizing 'B' to forward packets with source addresses
   covered by 'B's prefixes.

   To enable packet forwarding in the reverse direction, a separate AERO
   operation is required which is the mirror-image of the forward AERO
   operation described above, i.e., the forward and reverse AERO
   operations are asymmetric.  Following the reverse operation, packets
   can be exchanged bidirectionally without involving 'A'.

4.4.5.  Sending Periodic Predirect Keepalives

   In order to prevent forwarding table entries from expiring while data
   packets are actively flowing, the ingress node can periodically send
   Predirect messages directly to the egress node (subject to rate
   limiting) to solicit Redirect messages.  In the reference operational
   scenario, when 'B' forwards a packet to 'D' and wishes to update the
   corresponding FORWARDING state timer, 'B' can also send a Predirect
   message directly to 'D' prepared as follows:

   o  the link-layer source address is set to 'L2(B)'.

   o  the link-layer destination address is set to 'L2(D)'.

   o  the network-layer source address is set to 'L3(B)'.

   o  the network-layer destination address is set to 'L3(D)'.

   o  the Predirect Target and Destination Addresses are both set to
      'L3(B)'.

   o  the Predirect message includes a Redirected Header Option (RHO)
      that contains the first 128 bytes of the originating packet
      beginning with the network-layer header (or up to the remainder of
      the packet if there are fewer than 128 bytes).

   o  the A and P bits in the Predirect message header are both set to
      1.

   When 'D' receives the Predirect message, it accepts the message only
   if it satisfies the redirect message validation rules.  The node
   further accepts the message only if it came from the current previous
   hop on the AERO link for the source address of the originating packet
   encapsulated in the RHO.  'D' then resets its FILTERING expiration



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   timer for node 'B' to 40 seconds, and sends a Redirect message
   directly to 'B' prepared as follows:

   o  the link-layer source address is set to 'L2(D)'.

   o  the link-layer destination address is set to 'L2(B)'.

   o  the network-layer source address is set to 'L3(D)'.

   o  the network-layer destination address is set to 'L3(B)'.

   o  the Redirect Target and Destination Addresses are both set to
      'L3(D)'.

   o  the Redirect message includes an RHO copied from the corresponding
      Predirect message.

   o  the (A, P) bits in the Redirect message header are set to (1, 0).

   When 'B' receives the Redirect message, it accepts the message only
   if it satisfies the redirect message validation rules.  The node
   further accepts the message only if it came from the current next hop
   on the AERO link for the source address of the originating packet
   encapsulated in the RHO.  'B' then resets its FORWARDING expiration
   timer for node 'D' to 30 seconds.

   Note that in these direct neighbor to neighbor exchanges, neither the
   Predirect nor Redirect message contain RIOs, since gateways are the
   only authoritative source of routing information.  Therefore, AERO
   routers and hosts should not include RIOs in the Predirects/Redirects
   they send, and they must ignore any RIOs included in received
   Predirect/Redirect messages that did not come from a trusted gateway.

4.4.6.  Reachability Considerations

   When an ingress node receives a Redirect message informing it of a
   direct path to a new egress, there is a question in point as to
   whether the new egress can be reached directly without involving the
   gateway as an intermediary.  In some environments, it may be
   reasonable for the ingress to (optimistically) assume that the new
   egress is reachable, and to immediately begin forwarding data packets
   to the egress without testing reachability.

   In environments in which an optimistic assumption of reachability may
   be inappropriate, however, the ingress can defer the redirection
   until it tests the direct path to the egress by sending a direct
   Predirect message to elicit a Redirect as specified in Section 4.4.5.
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   number of attempts, it should consider the direct path to the egress
   as unusable.

   In either case, the ingress can process any link errors corresponding
   to the data packets sent directly to the egress as a hint that the
   direct path has either failed or has become intermittent.

4.5.  Mobility Considerations

   An AERO link egress router 'D' can configure both a non-advertising
   router interface on a provider AERO link and advertising router
   interfaces on EUN links to provide gateway services to nodes in EUNs.
   When node 'E' in an EUN that has obtained addresses/prefixes moves to
   a different network point of attachment, however, 'E' can release its
   address/prefix delegations via 'D' and re-establish them via a
   different gateway.

   When 'E' releases its address/prefix delegations via 'D', 'D' marks
   the forwarding table entries that cover the addresses/prefixes as
   DEPARTED (i.e., it clears the CURRENT state).  'D' therefore ceases
   to respond to Predirect messages correlated with the DEPARTED
   entries, and also schedules a garbage-collection timer of 60 seconds,
   after which it deletes the DEPARTED entries.

   When 'D' receives packets destined to an address covered by the
   DEPARTED forwarding table entries, it forwards them to the last-known
   EUN link-layer address of 'E' as a means for avoiding mobility-
   related packet loss during routing changes.  'D' also returns a NULL
   Redirect message to inform the correspondent 'B' of the departure.
   The Redirect message is prepared as follows:

   o  the link-layer source address is set to 'L2(D)'.

   o  the link-layer destination address is set to 'L2(B)'.

   o  the network-layer source address is set to 'L3(D)'.

   o  the network-layer destination address is set to 'L3(B)'.

   o  the Redirect Target and Destination Addresses are both set to
      NULL.

   o  the Redirect message includes an RHO copied from the corresponding
      Predirect message.

   o  the (A, P) bits in the Redirect message header are set to (1, 0).

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   message and will cease to use 'D' as a next hop.  They will then
   revert to sending packets destined to 'E' via their gateways and will
   receive new Redirect messages to discover that 'E' is now associated
   with a new egress router.  Note that any packets forwarded by 'D' via
   a forwarding table entry in the DEPARTED state may be lost if the
   mobile node moves off-link with respect to its previous EUN point of
   attachment.  This should not be a problem for large links (e.g.,
   large cellular network deployments, large ISP networks, etc.) in
   which all/most mobility events are intra-link.

4.6.  Scaling Considerations

   Figure 1 depicts a reference network topology with only a single
   gateway on the AERO link.  In order to support larger numbers of AERO
   routers and hosts, the AERO link can deploy more gateways to support
   load balancing and generally shortest-path routing.

   Such an arrangement requires that the gateways participate in a
   routing protocol instance (e.g., iBGP) so that address/prefix
   delegations can be mapped to the correct gateway.  The routing
   protocol instance can be configured as either a full mesh topology
   involving all gateways, or as a partial mesh topology with each AERO
   link gateway associating with one or more backhaul network companion
   gateways and a full mesh between companion gateways.

4.7.  Proxy Chaining

   In large AERO link deployments, there may be many gateways - each
   serving many AERO routers and hosts.  The gateways then either
   require full topology knowledge, or a default route to a companion
   gateway that does have full topology knowledge.  For example, if AERO
   node 'A' connects to gateway 'B', and AERO node 'E' connects to
   gateway 'D', then 'B' and 'D' must either have full topology
   knowledge or have a default route to a companion gateway (e.g., 'C')
   that does.

   In that case, when 'A' forwards an initial packet destined to an end
   system behind 'E', 'B' generates a Predirect message toward 'C',
   which proxies the message toward 'D' which finally proxies the
   message toward 'E'.

   In the reverse direction, when 'E' sends a Redirect response message
   back to 'A', it first sends the message to 'D', which proxies the
   message toward 'C', which proxies the message toward 'B', which
   finally proxies the message toward 'A'.






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4.8.  Backward Compatibility

   If a legacy host or router receives an AERO Redirect or Predirect
   message, it will process the message as if it were an ordinary
   Redirect.  This will cause no harmful effects, since the legacy
   system will ignore the 'A' and P' bits in the Reserved field, and
   will also ignore any RIOs that are included.  The values encoded in
   the Redirect message target and destination addresses will also not
   cause the legacy node to create incorrect routing state.  The
   mechanism therefore causes no harm to legacy systems, and supports
   natural incremental deployment.


5.  IANA Considerations

   There are no IANA considerations for this document.


6.  Security Considerations

   This document enables ingress filtering, and therefore improves the
   security of AERO links.


7.  Acknowledgements

   Discussions both on the v6ops list and in private exchanges helped
   shape some of the concepts in this work.  Individuals who contributed
   insights include Mikael Abrahamsson, Fred Baker, Brian Carpenter,
   Joel Halpern, Lee Howard,


8.  References

8.1.  Normative References

   [RFC0791]  Postel, J., "Internet Protocol", STD 5, RFC 791,
              September 1981.

   [RFC0792]  Postel, J., "Internet Control Message Protocol", STD 5,
              RFC 792, September 1981.

   [RFC2119]  Bradner, S., "Key words for use in RFCs to Indicate
              Requirement Levels", BCP 14, RFC 2119, March 1997.

   [RFC2460]  Deering, S. and R. Hinden, "Internet Protocol, Version 6
              (IPv6) Specification", RFC 2460, December 1998.




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   [RFC4191]  Draves, R. and D. Thaler, "Default Router Preferences and
              More-Specific Routes", RFC 4191, November 2005.

   [RFC4861]  Narten, T., Nordmark, E., Simpson, W., and H. Soliman,
              "Neighbor Discovery for IP version 6 (IPv6)", RFC 4861,
              September 2007.

8.2.  Informative References

   [I-D.ietf-savi-framework]
              Wu, J., Bi, J., Bagnulo, M., Baker, F., and C. Vogt,
              "Source Address Validation Improvement Framework",
              draft-ietf-savi-framework-04 (work in progress),
              March 2011.

   [I-D.templin-intarea-vet]
              Templin, F., "Virtual Enterprise Traversal (VET)",
              draft-templin-intarea-vet-24 (work in progress),
              March 2011.

   [RFC2131]  Droms, R., "Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol",
              RFC 2131, March 1997.

   [RFC2529]  Carpenter, B. and C. Jung, "Transmission of IPv6 over IPv4
              Domains without Explicit Tunnels", RFC 2529, March 1999.

   [RFC3315]  Droms, R., Bound, J., Volz, B., Lemon, T., Perkins, C.,
              and M. Carney, "Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol for
              IPv6 (DHCPv6)", RFC 3315, July 2003.

   [RFC3633]  Troan, O. and R. Droms, "IPv6 Prefix Options for Dynamic
              Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) version 6", RFC 3633,
              December 2003.

   [RFC5214]  Templin, F., Gleeson, T., and D. Thaler, "Intra-Site
              Automatic Tunnel Addressing Protocol (ISATAP)", RFC 5214,
              March 2008.

   [RFC5569]  Despres, R., "IPv6 Rapid Deployment on IPv4
              Infrastructures (6rd)", RFC 5569, January 2010.











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   Boeing Research & Technology
   P.O. Box 3707 MC 7L-49
   Seattle, WA  98124
   USA

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